Earlier this year the St. Regis Langkawi opened. I’m a big fan of the St. Regis brand, and also love vacationing in Asian resorts in general, so this resort has been on my radar.
However, when the resort finally opened I was shocked by the pricing. The hotel is a Category 7 SPG property, which is Starwood’s highest category. When I first looked at the hotel, paid rates were $600+ per night, which seems insane for the area.
While Langkawi is one of the nicer resort destinations in Malaysia, it’s not the Maldives or Bora Bora, so the pricing seemed a bit off.
So for a while I sort of wrote off this hotel due to its price, as I wasn’t about to spend 30,000 Starpoints or $600+ per night to stay here. However, totally randomly yesterday Ford brought up this property, and asked if I saw what a good value it is. I thought he was crazy, given the last time I checked rates at this hotel.
Well, I think it’s interesting to note that prices at this hotel have gone way down since it first opened. I’m now seeing rates of ~$260 per night. But it gets much better than that.
Ford has written in the past about Starwood’s Luxury Privileges program, which is the Starwood equivalent of Virtuoso, American Express Fine Hotels & Resort, Four Seasons Preferred Partners, etc. Typically by booking through an advisor who belongs to Luxury Privileges you get a room upgrade based on availability, free breakfast, and some sort of property specific amenity, like a $100 food & beverage or spa credit.
Well, the Luxury Privileges benefits at the St. Regis Langkawi are by far the most generous I’ve ever seen:
- Complimentary fourth night for stays through December 27, 2016; the promotion may not be repeated during stay. Complimentary night will be adjusted at check-out.
- One 100 USD food and beverage or spa service credit per room, per night
- Daily half board for two guests (choice of lunch or dinner)
- Daily full breakfast for two guests
- Complimentary standard in-room internet access
- Complimentary round trip luxury limousine transfers
- Access to St. Regis airport lounge on departure
- Upgrade on arrival, early check-in and late check-out which are all subject to availability
So you get a fourth night free, roundtrip airport transfer, half board, and daily $100 hotel credit. The Luxury Privileges rate is $280, so with the fourth night free you’re really paying ~$210 per night for a four night stay, and for that you’re getting half board, a $100 hotel credit per day, etc.
That’s a heck of a deal, and at prices like that, the St. Regis Langkawi is once again on my radar. Now I just wonder when they’re going to drop the hotel’s category, as it definitely shouldn’t be a Category 7 property.
If you want to book a Luxury Privileges rate you’ll have to go through an eligible travel advisor. If you’re an advisor you can of course post your contact info below, or otherwise Ford is also happy to help, and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Has anyone been to Langkawi before? Is it worth visiting?